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As a business operating in today’s increasingly regulated markets, you need to manage your commercial risk while achieving your business objectives. Your success is built upon the effectiveness of your relationships with third parties, whether they are your customers, suppliers or representatives. Sector-specific contractual arrangements in the context of the market in which you operate are key. With over 350 lawyers across 60 office globally, including 60 lawyers based in the UK, our multidisciplinary team advises on the full range of complex, high-value, local and multi-jurisdictional commercial agreements.  

We organise our teams around your industries, including financial services, consumer products, energy, hotels and leisure, infrastructure and projects, lifesciences, real estate and construction, technology, telecoms and media.

CMS stands out for its global reach and sector focus. The 'can do' team has a 'great understanding of the legal position, the deal, the commercial reality and the regulatory framework'.
Legal 500 UK, 2015

Whether you require advice on IP licensing, supply arrangements, services agreements, e-commerce, IT or telecoms agreements, manufacturing agreements, consumer sales, software licensing, outsourcing, agency and distribution agreements or any bespoke commercial arrangement, our specialists can guide you towards the best business outcome for you. Our team also regularly provides advice on related matters such as data protection, intellectual property, and advertising and marketing.

We are often asked to advise on highly complex and high-value transactions on the very cutting edge of industry and legal thought, often involving the deployment of new and innovative contracting models, processes and technologies. Our approach is always to cut through the complexities to ensure the transaction makes practical sense for all parties and fully realises your aspirations.

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    Advertising, Marketing & Sponsorship

    Working to raise your businesses’ profile is an exciting place to be, and as you work with your in-house marketing team or creative agency to develop your advertising, marketing and sponsorship strategies, it is also important to consider all the legal and regulatory requirements, including those for the industry in which you work.   

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    Commercial Contracts

    Commercial contracts are the fundamental basis upon which any business develops and grows. Getting it wrong can have serious consequences for your business. Whether the agreements relevant to your business concern the procurement or the supply of goods, technology, information or services, or your business processes such as licensing, distribution, agency and resale, you will need legal advisers who understand your commercial imperatives and can deliver results efficiently and cost-effectively based on market knowledge and experience.

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    Data Protection & Freedom of Information

    The EU data protection landscape is shifting with a radical new regulatory framework on the horizon. Our global data protection expertise allows us to handle the very largest and most complex multi-jurisdictional matters. 

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    Health & Safety

    Health & Safety is of paramount importance to all businesses. As an increasingly regulated area, every employer must comply with health and safety rules to protect employees, contractors, visitors and the general public. These regulations also put responsibility on all employees, so it is vital that everyone is aware of the relevant legislation.

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    Many organisations look to outsource business functions to help drive their business’ growth, achieve quality improvements, increase efficiency and manage costs. The decision to outsource elements of a business is often complex - finding the right service provider, ensuring the right set up, contracting for appropriate performance incentives and ensuring good governance are just a few of the considerations.

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